"I start with zero. Nobody dies today."
The strange note was just the beginning. Soon Howard County, Maryland Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller is in pursuit of a cunning killer basing murders on the Fibonacci series, a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the preceding two. And all Peller knows for sure is that the series never ends.
As the murders pile up, Peller, his protégés Detective Sergeants Corina Montufar and Eric Dumas, and consulting mathematician Tomio Kaneko race against time to identify and capture the killer. Nor is murder their only problem. Simultaneously, a golf-club wielding mugger is terrorizing their community. Both crime sprees are wrapped in impenetrable mystery. Are mugger and murderer one and the same? Why does the murderer seem to know Peller? Why is the Pentagon eager to keep a lid on the investigation? Can the detectives find the killer before he commits his final, terrible crime?
A thrilling, fast-paced crime drama, The Fibonacci Murders is the first novel in Dale E. Lehman's Howard County Mysteries.
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Thanks to my math geek husband, I was a little familiar with the Fibonacci series. However this well played out scenario took my knowledge to a whole new level. The local police are a little out of their depth as they deal with a serial mugger, using a nine iron and Leo, who uses Fibonacci for murders. The main police character, Peller, a lonely guy after the death of his wife, and one of his right hands, Montufar, are dealing with their own personal dramas. Also, a math “guy” named Tomio with his own interesting back story is trying to help. Being the first in the series there is some setup and what I hope will lead to more in-depth character development. There are several subplots that are left at least partially open to entice you to the next book but they do not detract from this story. On the whole it was an enjoyable weekend read and I look forward to heading back to Howard County and the next mystery in this series.
This is a fast-paced book (and I like fast-paced books). There are surprises along the way, and you are right there with the detectives as they brilliantly figure it out. There is good characterizations and character development, and the story is told vividly. It has a suspenseful climax, and when it was over I had a sense of exhilaration. I look forward to all future books in this series to find out what happens with the characters.